Union of Overseas Vietnamese Associations in Europe convenes first congress

More than 120 representatives from Vietnamese communities in 16 European countries gathered in Prague, the Czech Republic, on October 29th for the first Congress of the Union of Vietnamese Associations in Europe.

Overview of the Congress (Photo: VNA)

The 16 countries involved are the United Kingdom, Austria, Poland, Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Norway, France, Finland, Romania, Czech, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden.

Ms. Truong Thi Ngoc Anh, Deputy Head of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee, conveyed the congratulations of VFF President Nguyen Thien Nhan to the congress.

Prime Minister of Slovakia Robert Fico, Chairman of the European Union, sent a congratulatory letter to the Congress.

Among approximately 700,000 Vietnamese people living, studying or working in Europe, the largest number of oversea people are in France (300,000 people), with significant populations also in Germany (85,000 people), Czech (65,000 people), Russia (60,000 people), the UK (50,000 people) and Poland (35,000 people). The countries where Vietnamese people are living all have overseas Vietnamese associations.

The event adopted the charters and operation orientations from now until 2020. The charter clearly noted the headquarters of the Union in Prague, the Czech Republic, and the purpose of the activities of the Union to include strengthening and developing solidarity and support among Vietnamese people in Europe; developing friendship and cooperation between Vietnam and European countries; and helping Vietnamese citizens integrate into the European community.

The Congress elected the Executive Board, including 29 people, representing the overseas Vietnamese community in European countries. Then the Executive Board elected a president and three vice presidents.

Hoang Dinh Thang, Chairman of the Overseas Vietnamese Association in the Czech Republic, was elected as the President of the Union.

Three Vice Presidents include Le Hong Quang, Chairman of the Overseas Vietnamese Association in Slovakia; Vu Quy Duong, Chairman of the Overseas Vietnamese Association in Hungary; Mr. Le Thiet Hung, Chairman of the Overseas Vietnamese Association in Poland.

At the Congress, the delegates contributed to the fund to support residents in the Central region affected by the floods.

Total proceeds collected were USD10,800, including the Overseas Vietnamese Branch at Sapa Trade Centre with USD6,300./.



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